Plant-based diets have become wildly popular. This means a ton of new products and a flood of information about them. We know that this can leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused about this diet.
We are here to help! Let’s review 3 myths about plant based diets and provide some educational information you know you can trust!
Myth #1 Eating “plant-based” means that you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet
Plant-based eating means prioritizing whole plant foods in your diet. It doesn’t mean that you need to follow a strict vegan or vegetarian eating pattern, or eliminate any food group all together. There is more than one way to adopt a more plant-based style of eating, but the key is to include more vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and plant- derived fats.
Myth #2 It is difficult to meet protein needs on a plant-based diet
Prioritizing whole plan foods doesn’t mean you aren’t going to get enough protein. Protein is found in almost all plant-based foods and when consuming a balanced diet protein intake should be more than adequate. Include plant-based foods such as beans, legumes, nut butters, soy milk, tofu, tempeh, nuts and seeds to up your protein intake.
Myth #3 All plant-based foods are healthy
Just because something is labeled “plant-based” doesn’t mean it’s automatically healthy. There are vegan or vegetarian versions of almost everything these days, but that doesn’t mean that they are a good option (oreos are vegan). The best strategy to eat healthy on a plant-based diet is to focus more on whole foods. A healthy plant-based diet is one that is both balanced and diverse. Ideally, it should be high in whole foods and limited in processed foods.
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